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The Stat Sheet: History of MX2

If you are a regular visitor to MX Vice, you probably saw our ‘History of MX1’ stat sheet last week. Well, the list turned out to be a pretty popular bench-racing topic. So, we decided to do the same for the MX2 class! Of course, the MX2 class will be around for quite a while, so these statistics will continue to change. However, here is a list of all of the MX2 GP winners from 2004 (the year that the MX2 division was introduced) to now.

Honestly, I am a bit surprised to see that Jeffrey Herlings has the most GP wins in the MX2 class – his win total of fifteen this year obviously pushed him up through the rankings. Despite the fact that Herlings is the most successful MX2 rider, some people do not look at him as if he is as strong as the guys that follow him on the list. Of course, this is because he is racing against a depleted field at the moment, but we should not discredit his victories, because of that. Herlings made his way to the top of this table after just four years in MX2, which is impressive. In comparison, the guys that follow him (Antonio Cairoli and Tyla Rattray) had five years to reach their total MX2 GP wins.

The MX2 GP win list is not really a true representation of how fast the riders were on a 250f, I believe. It is dependent on how long they chose to spend in MX2. For example, we all know that Ken Roczen was much faster than his won total (and position of sixth on the list) shows. However, Ken spent just two and a half years in the class, which is a fairly small amount. It is also quite surprising to see how many guys have won just a single GP.

Rider:

MX2 GP Wins:

Jeffrey Herlings

31

Antonio Cairoli

24

Tyla Rattray

15

Marvin Musquin

14

Tommy Searle

14

Ken Roczen

12

Ben Townley

9

David Philippaerts

6

Rui Goncalves

4

Christophe Pourcel

4

Andrew McFarlane

4

Gautier Paulin

3

Davide Guarneri

2

Billy Mackenzie

2

Glenn Coldenhoff

1

Dean Ferris

1

Joel Roelants

1

Steven Frossard

1

Jeremy van Horebeek

1

Zach Osborne

1

Gert Krestinov

1

Nicolas Aubin

1

Marc de Reuver

1

Alessio Chiodi

1

Mickael Maschio

1

Stephen Sword

1

Really, the table below confirms what we already knew. Since the start of the MX2 series in 2004, KTM have been the strongest manufacturer. So, it is not surprising in the slightest to see that they have the most wins in this class. However, I did not think the difference between them and Yamaha would be so large!

Although we all know that Honda have enjoyed very little success in the MX2 class, to see them at the bottom with just one single GP win is shocking. It does not look like they will be adding to that number in the near future, either, as they do not have a contender on their bike at the moment. I am most surprised that Suzuki has just four MX2 GP wins to their name! Whereas Honda have never really made much of an effort with a 250f program, Suzuki have had some very capable riders on their bikes in the past. Of course, those GP wins came from the year and a half that Ken Roczen spent with the team.

Manufacturer

MX2 GP Wins:

KTM

96

Yamaha

37

Kawasaki

18

Suzuki

4

Honda

1

Overall, I think that we have uncovered a handful of surprises with these statistics; they did not turn out as I expected. Unlike the MX1 class, MX2 will be around for quite a while, as the name has not been changed as part of the rebranding that the series is undergoing. Of course, this will give Herlings a chance to build on his impressive MX2 win total.

Words by Lewis Phillips

Image courtesy of KTM Images/Ray Archer

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